“Jesus answered them, ‘Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.'” John 16:31-33 NKJV
One of my coworkers organized some Easter week devotionals at school. This was her verse for today, and I believe it is no coincidence that “Unravel” was the prompt for today.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. In. Out. Repeat.
This seems like such an easy process, and it usually is, until we worry. When we get really stressed, breathing becomes a difficult chore. Labored breathing is an abnormal respiration characterized by evidence of increased effort to breathe, including the use of accessory muscles of respiration, according to Wikipedia.
Stress kills. This is a scientific fact. Worrying and stressing about things, even things that seem to be very important, can turn hair gray, cause wrinkles, cause stomach ulcers, and overwork your heart.
The world does a really good job of wearing us down. Like an old sweater that has been worn so many times and begins to unravel, we can start to come apart at the seams.
Christ tells us in his last days that we should “be of good cheer” because He has beaten everything that could beat us, even death. Now, this does not mean that everyone can live stress-free. He says that “in Me you may have peace.” This means that true peace can be found in Christ and not elsewhere.
In the 1990’s, there was a popular bumper sticker/t-shirt that simply stated: “No God? No peace. Know God? Know peace.” Yes, it’s catchy and quippy, but it’s also true.
When life is trying to unravel you, and it will because Christ said, “In the world, you will have tribulation,” turn to the Lord for peace. Then, breathe.
Peace. Love. Roll Tide.